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Vermont reverses trend: Home prices down, sales up

first_imgVermont was the only New England state to experience a decline in median home price in June. However, its 22.3 percent increase in home sales was second only to Connecticut. All six New England States experienced a 3-month trend uptick in June of 21.7 percent. For the first time in the past three months, Vermont realized a price decline of -4.0 percent, with all other states continuing to see month-over-month price increases.While year-over-year sales and prices remain sluggish in New England, the consistent monthly numbers suggests that the market has hit bottom. Changes in financing requirements, unemployment and overall uncertainty continue to be the barriers that are slowing recovery.‘The positive trend in home sales coupled with steady price increases are strong indicators that we are in the midst of a slow recovery,’ said RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President, Jay Hummer. ‘The housing market has turned the corner and while we may ride some bumps along the bottom, I feel the housing market recovery has begun.’last_img read more

Redefining luxury retirement living on the Gold Coast

first_imgA unique vertical retirement village consisting of three six-storey apartment buildings co-located alongside Burleigh Golf Club’s 10th tee looks set to redefine retirement living on the Gold Coast.RetireAustralia’s The Verge at Burleigh G.C., to be built in three stages, will feature both contemporary independent living apartments and care apartments for those requiring a higher level of in-home support.The six-storey apartments look set to redefine retirement living. Picture: Artist’s impression of The Verge at Burleigh GC.With more than 40 per cent of stage one secured through expressions of interest, The Verge looks set to redefine retirement living in metropolitan areas.RetireAustralia’s Chief Executive Officer Dr Brett Robinson said the trend towards luxury downsizing into vertical retirement living heralded an exciting new choice for today’s seniors, allowing them to pursue a better lifestyle while remaining connected to neighbourhoods they know and love.Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows to make the most of the surrounding views, the apartments are pet-friendly and include spacious balconies, high-quality inclusions and age-friendly designs.The apartments make the most of the golf course views. Picture: Artist’s impression of a living room at The Verge at Burleigh G.C.“The Verge community offers residents the best of all worlds, from the freedom of low-maintenance living to spectacular views, security and easy access to all the established services they need. It’s also helping to fix an undersupply of quality retirement living options for Gold Coast residents,” he said.Dr Robinson said more than 17,000 people aged over 65 were living within five kilometres of Burleigh Golf Club but there were fewer than 300 retirement dwellings in the area.“As an infill development, The Verge is a great option for retirees in the Burleigh region wanting to stay close to their family and support networks as they age,” he said.The Verge is a great option for retirees wanting to stay close to their family and support networks. Picture: Artist’s impression of The Verge at Burleigh G.C.Community spaces will include a rooftop terrace, resident’s bar and a wellness hub with a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor activity areas, salon, café and lush gardens, all within walking distance of the existing Burleigh Golf Club clubhouse.Located close to beaches and some of the Gold Coast’s best dining experiences, shopping and entertainment hubs, The Verge has been designed to offer active seniors a community that encourages them to age positively.Residents at The Verge at Burleigh G.C. are a short drive from the Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club and Pizzey Park Sporting Complex. Picture: Supplied“Over 65s shouldn’t have to compromise in their retirement years and at The Verge they can have luxury living, beautiful views, a coastal lifestyle and a range of accessible care services when and if they need it,” Dr. Robinson said.Judi Hutchison, Senior Development Manager at RetireAustralia, said The Verge offered many benefits over standard apartment living because it had been specifically designed to allow residents to live independently for longer.The apartments have been designed with flexibility to support residents as they age. Picture: Artist’s impression of a bathroom at The Verge at Burleigh G.C.This includes a range of features under the Livable Housing Australia standard such as wider corridors and doorways, step-free shower recesses and reinforced bathroom walls allowing the future safe installation of grab rails.“Everything in the apartments have been carefully considered to create a sense of wellbeing, from the open floorplan to the light-filled orientation, as well as the benefits of golf course views opening up to the horizon,’’ Ms. Hutchison said.“There are also many benefits of living beside a golf course thanks to the beautiful green landscaping that is perfectly maintained all year round, and the peace and relaxed pace of life. The location also offers an idyllic spot for early morning strolls, and a great opportunity to live with people at a similar life stage.’’The Verge at Burleigh GC offers residents a chance to live in an idyllic setting alongside people in a similar life stage. Picture: SuppliedThe Verge at Burleigh G.C. is priced from $530,000 with the sales suite located in the Burleigh Golf Club, 114 Albion Avenue in Miami for interested buyers. Construction has begun on the independent living apartments in stage one and is expected to be completed by late 2020.last_img read more

With focus on D’Angelo Russell’s return, Lakers’ Brook Lopez faces his old team too

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error San Pedro: Pet Pals plan Saturday fund-raiser The center averaged more than 20 points per game six times in his nine-year run with the Nets. He was constantly the subject of trade rumors, and though he might not have been destined to spend his entire career in one place, he certainly put down roots, which has created a bit of a learning curve playing for a new team for the first time. NANCE UPDATEA day after breaking a bone in his left hand, forward Larry Nance Jr. underwent surgery and is expected to miss four-to-six weeks.The surgery to replaced the fractured second metacarpal was performed by Dr. Steven S. Shin.Coach Luke Walton opted to start rookie Kyle Kuzma in Nance’s place. In eight games, Nance averaged 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.“I think we’ll be more equipped to handle it right now than we were when we lost Zo in the preseason, we lost Brook in the preseason,” Walton said. “Because we were still trying to put so much stuff in. But obviously Larry’s been so solid for us since the season’s started.”ALSOCenter Andrew Bogut was inactive against the Nets due to tightness in his back. Forward Luol Deng was active for the first time since making an opening night start. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s been interesting,” said Lopez, who lived in Los Angeles through the second grade. “Being obviously at home helps a lot, having people I love helps the transition.”Lopez is averaging 13.6 points per game. Were that number to hold, it would be his lowest scoring output since his rookie year in 2008-09, when he averaged 13 points.Lopez scored a season-high 27 points in Portland. LOS ANGELES — It was easy to forget on Friday that D’Angelo Russell was not the only player facing a team that had drafted him and made him the face of the franchise.Brook Lopez spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Nets, first in New Jersey and then helping lead the migration to Brooklyn. He was an All-Star in 2013, reached the playoffs twice and last season became a 3-point threat before being traded to the Lakers in exchange for Russell.“I am sure it will be weird,” Lopez said after the loss in Portland on Thursday, “but I always try to prepare for every game the same way. Keep as many things normal and keep the variables down as much as possible.”Related Articles Asked about his former center, Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson described Lopez as a “great guy, incredibly skilled player. Heck of a player, ton of respect for him. I enjoyed being around him every day.”Lopez is in the final season of a maximum contract extension he signed in 2015.From the other side of the floor on Thursday, Lopez looked at a team that has radically transformed even since he last played there. As the franchise welcomed, and then said goodbye to, stars like Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, Lopez was a constant.Eventually, the Nets bid him farewell, too.“I always wanted to see a great foundation built there and be a part of that,” Lopez said. “It is tough not being a part of that. I wanted to see something great built there and that didn’t exactly happen.”last_img read more